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Volume 1, Issue 1, 2020

Public leadership is a popular theme of discussion in the world of politics and public sphere at large. It encompasses a set of activities and interactions that people in positions of power engage in. The famous Greek philosopher Aristotle once opined that a government should be based on laws and not men, yet men can never be factored out of the equation of governance. As is evident from many democracies in the world today, politics is extremely ‘personalized’ in nature, i.e. the people or the leaders who run the state are the key players in the political system. This is,...
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The article examines the historical and broad theoretical issues of governance central to the organisation and functioning of society, surveying the earliest experiences and ideas that date back to the ancient Greeks as well as more contemporary reflections. It also evaluates the politics of India’s governance historically as well as in the period following Indian independence in 1947. It points to the shortcomings in governance with particular focus on India in the latter period and the underlying political and institutional reasons for them. The final section suggests that the accident of modern technological revolutions, associated with computing and the falling...
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One of the foremost as well as earliest leaders of the Indian nationalist freedom movement, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, dedicated his entire life morally, spiritually, and politically, to serve the country during the freedom struggle. His life’s work has inspired countless Indians to join the independence movement and fight for the nation. Tilak was a public leader, who established several institutions, newspapers, and organisations, to educate and awaken the masses. In this article, the qualities of an ideal leader are discussed, and Tilak’s journey resonates well with the concept. Emphasis is given on the importance of Danah Zohar’s theory of Spiritual...
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Bhārata, has been blessed with several historical leaders, whose lives and personalities have been sources of tremendous and timeless, deep learning. Their exploits and victories have been references and stories of motivation for generations across millennia. These leaders have demonstrated a set of similar traits, along with those unique to the individual. While they have embodied superb leadership, a sine qua non is the four dharma-s that we have defined in this paper, in addition to valour, strength and fearlessness. This paper attempts to consider important fundamentals of consummate leadership and delves into the dharma-s of diplomacy, trust, judgement and...
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Kautilya (alternatively known as Chanakya or Vishnugupta) is a name familiar to us as a statesman, advisor and author of Arthashastra. A lot has been written about him and his work, and through this paper I analyse the instances in which Kautilya and his Arthashastra has been invoked by the Indian judiciary and law/constitution-making bodies. I trace the trajectory of the reliance placed on Kautilya and his Arthashastra by judges over the years to understand the impact of ancient texts and history in evolving legal jurisprudence in India. Other than the case-laws written over the years, I also explore invocations...
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Universally, higher education is observing mounting escalation in both learner participation and categories of educational contributors. A major aspect of this expansion is an enhancement of student diversity: governments are expanding access to higher education for students from conventionally underrepresented groups. On the other hand, this raises questions about whether this quick augmentation may compromise scholastic excellence and whether this will not be able to bridge the gap between the global and local knowledge bases. Voldemar Tomusk’s The Open World and Closed Societies: Essays on Higher Education Policies “in Transition” (2004) looks into the transitional reforms in the field of...
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A Note from the IJSPL

The International Journal of Leadership Studies (IJSPL), a refereed biannual journal published by the Rashtram School of Public Leadership, begins its journey with an issue that focuses on the civilisational arc of leadership. The current issue features research articles which explore leadership lessons and traits in the venerable characters and figures from the Itihasa-Purana tradition as well as the Indian freedom movement, compare canonical texts of multiple civilisations to draw important insights into the phenomenon of leadership, and demonstrate the practical application of such insights in this day and age. One of the research articles offers an analysis of technological solutions to problems faced by present-day polities. It also features a review which delves into a book on education policies adopted in the post-Soviet Era nations of East Europe, and presents an outline of the trends discerned by the book – trends that have important implications for India and other emerging economies.

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